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Roggen - Apostelbräu

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Roggenbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 08-02-2013

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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 15
Photo of Duff27
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tillmac62
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a hint of garnet. World class head volume and retention, but almost no lacing. Light nose of molasses and burnt sugar over a slight note of spice with a hint of prune. Very light medium body with a bit of smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish. The flavor profile is reasonably intense (but picks up as it warms), somewhat balanced but lacks the complexity of the nose. It begins with mild rye, then flows into a mild spicy bitterness. In the middle a hint of sweetness comes through as the bitterness fades. The finish is a slow fade that ends with a slightly sour burnt nut off flavor. In short, a disappointment.

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Konig mug.

Deep mahogany brown body color, with a real faint light coffee tan head, creamy and thick with four fingers. Frothy like retention with no lacing and quite foamy looking.

Solid aroma of spiced clove and sweet dry rye malts. Big spice sweetness notes even bring hints of nutmeg. Caramel and a toasty toffee thickness also match as well. Quite impressive.

Palate is a bit tangy. Slightly infected with a bit of sourness to it (by design?) with hints of mild acrid grain. Surprisingly thinking this would be large on the palate feel, but is actually quite watery and doesn't give much malt coating. Not much sense of spice or toffee hinted on the nose either, but does give very faint caramel, outside this tangy note.

Doesn't taste like other rye styled German varieties or Roggen's I've had, but makes for an interesting brew that's for sure. Just wished more of the aroma gave a better sense of what the palate should expect, comes off a bit disappointing.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into hefeweizen glass
Aroma of grain and bread
Head average (4 cm), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing none
Body medium to dark brown, cloudy
Flavor slightly sweet, somewhat starchy, a little caramel; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KFBR392
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark muddy brown color. Pretty noticeable active carbonation continued to regenerate the thin layer on head on the edges of the glass.

Smell: toasted malts and present rye open up on the front but have a peculiar metallic aroma lingering underneath. There is a molasses and caramel sweetness on the body which compliments the rye well. Dried out grass and earth finish this off.

Taste: Very interesting front of medium bodied rye and some herbal/floral notes that really stand out. Light, sweet malts and some dark fruits open up on the body and engulf the palate. The finish is surprisingly easy going with some nutty malts and light sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: I expected a drier rye experience, this one comes off with excellent drinkability and lingering sweetness. Carbonation is on the lower end but fits here.

Overall: Not what I was really expecting overall but really enjoyed my first of this style. The rye and sweeter malts play along well together here. I highly recommend letting this brew warm a touch as that opens up a ton of the dark fruits and herbal notes.

Photo of TheSSG
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a large, soapy, tan head that is so persistent, it's almost becoming annoying. A bright, assertive spicy aroma; it smells almost exactly like Kvass. A deep burnt umber/raw sienna color. Starts with a nice, rich, complex rye spiciness. There is an almost sour tartness with metallic hops. Then it moves into a nice maltiness. Finish is lingering rye spice.

This is pretty much alcoholic Kvass. It's the same bright, refreshing, crispness with the distinctive slight tartness and spiciness. Unlike traditional Kvass, the hops keep this from being sweet. I really like it.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml brown bottle purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Believe it or not, this is my first Roggenbier I've had from the style's home country of Germany.

Pours a deep, dusky brown colour, with a firm frothy head of beige that stays pretty persistent even if it loses its shape a little. Haze is pretty full: like you'd get in a dunkelweizen, I guess, although the colour here is darker. Some coarse, meandering carbonation and a fairly full body. Looks good.

Nose is fairly light, unfortunately. It's not unpleasant, with a mild grain tone laced with some subtly spicy-sour rye characters. But it's fairly weak, meaning I feel like I'm missing out on the full roggen-experience. As it warms there's a suggestion of vanilla and a hint of lavender. But it's still light.

Taste is also fairly light: I guess in a hefeweizen, for example, a lot of the flavour profile is generated by the yeast, and the yeast character here is really very neutral indeed. Instead, we get a fairly flat, if smooth body, with just a tingle of rye towards the back—the rye actually flattens some of the sweetness out of it, meaning the beer ends up being a little crisper than even some low-range German lagers. It's certainly not bad, but it's quite different from what I was expecting.

Overall though, it's very drinkable, well-crafted and undoubtedly interesting. It's not as complex as it could have been, I feel, but who am I to say what a roggenbier should be. At least now I have a legitimate benchmark.

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(had at Brauhaus Schmitz - 1/2L mug)

A: brown ale sort-of hue, moderate haze - huge dome head, long-lasting (due to a less-than-beer-clean glass) but, nonetheless a spectacular high-arching crest of dense yet rough-looking foam

S: floral, dank, yeasty nose with a bold, dark-brown bread crust scent - one which may make me think twice when suggesting the description "bread crust" for aromas from now on - this had quite an unmistakable melanoidin-draped, day-old, toasty dark bread crust note

T: dark, cakey malt similar to Celebrator-like doppel (but not quite as intense)... slight citrus... vague yeasty tang/sourness... wouldn't necessarily call it spicy, but it has certain rye, almost pumpernickel-like taste (minus the caraway).... mild spiced apple undertone

M: the persistent foam offers a steadfast coarseness upon each sip, prickling my' stache.... the liquid has to somehow find a way to push out under into my gullet.... drinks like a hefeweizen altogether, however, a kind of unfiltered, fresh-and-still-very-much-alive, from-the-cask brew - something you'd be offered at a village home

O: I would say this beer is the definition of "rustic".... hearty and messy (which does seem to hinder greater definition of the complexity of the individual flavors).... this was right up my alley and certainly something I will try again soon to see what else it may reveal

Photo of brandonld23
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of corby112
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very cloudy and very dark chestnut brown color that's comletely opaque with burnt mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Decent retention with sporadic chunks of lace left behind.

Spicy, slightly sweet aroma with a prominent rye resence that's counters by sweet malt and earthy hops.  Spicy and peppery with rye, caramel sweetness, toffee, nut and subtle dark fruit.  There's also some bread and floral, grassy hops in the nose.  Decent but not too interesting.   Nice rye presence but it doesn't really open up until the beer warms considerably.

On the fuller end of medium body with a spicy rye presence that's countered by some sweet malt before a lingering buttery diaceytl presence comes in on the back end.  Peppery spice and rye followed by bready yeast, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit but the finish is really buttery, metallic and astringent.  Even without this, the rye is kind of tame and the malt profile needs a touch more sweetness.   The odd flavors in the finish make it really harsh and unpleasant. Tough to finish.  

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours ruby-brown with a definite cloud. Big thick cream head. Clingy foam, some lace.

Odd nose, with boiled grain, some…wet cardboard. This is on the initial pour. As the beer opens up a bit you get some malt and damp grain.

This one does not bite. Smooth beer. Slight sour twinge to the malt initially. Then a…fermented edge, almost a if the grain was just beginning to turn. Soured barley? You could stretch to say you get some raw white mushroom in the flavor. The best part is when the palate clears. You get toasted malt. The super-fizziness to this beer creates foam in your mouth as the palate clears, and helps in the transition from funky to toasted malt. Smooth bitterness, a little moldy funk and toasted malt at the end.

Medium body, very carbonated, but the carbonation works. Clear the palate and keeps the flavors moving.

Not sure how I feel, as this is my first Roggenbier. It's a different type of funk, and I'm trying to be open-minded. In the end, you feel like you are drinking a living thing, one on the edge of decay. It feels like it has some age, and the qualities that exist have been nurtured out of the brewing process. Very interesting and worth a try for the curious or adventurous.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy dark burnt caramel amber with a half finger light tan head that dissipates to a thin film leaving light lacing. Aroma of rich caramel malt, cooked caramel, nuts and a hint of rye sourness. Flavor is lighter caramel and light toasted malt, rye with light rye sourness; flavor is light compared to the aroma and harder to determine because of very active and peppery carbonation, which was not obvious in the pour, but sadly detracts from the intensity of flavor. Light to medium bodied. An interesting traditional rye ale that is so actively carbonated that it is hard to savor the somewhat subtle flavors. The rye and caramel malts are nicely balanced and this is a tasty rye beer that I wish I could have savored a bit more.

Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, four-finger beige head. Slow to recede, but it doesn't leave any lace as it settles. I do note some chunky spots of lace, though, after each sip. The liquid is dark amber/light brown. There is a mild haze when placed in front of a bright light.

This smells of deeply roasted caramel, a bit of biscuit, and some raw grain. I detect some raisin and an almost frambroise-like sourness, but no hop.

This beer is quite sour, far more than the smell would lead one to expect. The more roasted malts are lost in this--it's not extreme, just dominating. Think SweetTart without the sweet. The swallow and aftertaste are more of the same. The body leans to the thin side while the carbonation is quite high.

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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